Ash Wednesday at the Ridge School
The Grade 5 to 7 girls went to The Ridge School for the annual Ash Wednesday Service. This year it fell on Valentine’s Day and Mr Stanley gave us another new and interesting sermon about Ash Wednesday and Lent. We sang beautifully as a big choir with The Ridge and St Katharine’s and we had fun doing the actions for our African Traditional choral.
Once the Service was over, The Ridge School did a very sweet thing by giving every Grade 7 APPS and St Katharine’s girl a Valentine’s Day rose. We all enjoyed that! After receiving our roses, we participated in a thirty minute social, where we got to catch up with our friends from the other schools. It was a lovely sermon and a memorable Valentine’s Day.
Choir Captains: Amy-Jo Pheiffer and Anna Titterton, Grade 7
Grade 3 Music Program
I enjoyed playing many songs on the flute because I loved the sound of the different notes. It wasn’t a challenge learning how to play the flute – Miss Gericke has taught me to kiss the flute, roll it out and make a small smile. Simple as that! I liked playing ‘Fight Song’ in the music concert. It was exciting to perform with flute on stage, in front of an audience.
Flute Program – Fatima Kathrada
Our music concert was great! A few girls were late. I said to them, ‘don’t worry about anything’. So Grade 3V went first. When it was our turn, we played ‘Hot Cross Buns’, then sang and played ‘Something Just Like This.’ After all that excitement, we saw our parents and said goodbye. I had great fun!
Clarineo Program – Lilitha Masinda
Grade 2 Music Program
I felt nervous when I played the recorder at the concert. I loved it when I was learning ‘The Surprise Symphony!’ It was fun when I played the recorder. I also loved being on the stage.
Recorder – Mariam Khan
The APPS Easter Service
I sat nervously on my black bench, lightly tapping my bare feet. For my part as Mary Salome, I wore a green dress, gold cord and grey headscarf. After the scene of Jesus’ crucifixion, it was my scene to act out an ancient play. I was one of the Mary’s who went to anoint Christ at his tomb, but then was told by an angel that He was risen. The service was very touching and beautiful. I loved singing the songs. I was very happy and proud of our last Easter Service.
Chloë Wagner – Grade 7
I absolutely loved being Jesus. It was so much fun, but a little challenging to be a very wise man. It took some time to get into the character and to learn all the lines. All the Grade 7’s were amazing throughout this journey, helping me to learn my lines and giving me support in the Easter Service. The Easter Service was so lovely! It also informed us on different religions. I think it was an amazing experience and a really great play.
Thaluki Moloto – Grade 7
On 3 April the Grade 5’s entered a mini public speaking festival. For this festival we had to choose a topic that we are interested in and write a 3-4 minute speech. I chose to speak about My Seven Wonders. The Seven Wonders are the seven places that I hope I will be able to visit one day. When it was my turn I was very nervous. At the end we got a small report with some feedback from the adjudicator. I really enjoyed this speech and drama festival. I learnt that I need to pause at different sections in my speech and to stop rushing. This was a wonderful opportunity for all the Grade 5 girls.
The Grade 5’s spent an entire term practicing for this festival. On the day of the festival there was a huge audience, most of which were our classmates. Our adjudicator’s name was Mrs McCabe and she was a lovely, kind lady. Most people spoke about dogs yet there was still a huge variety. I spoke about my hobby, baking, and my best friend spoke about netball. My speech was very funny as I technically baked a cake in front of the audience. By the time it was my turn to get ready I had butterflies in my stomach and I was scared I’d have one of those frozen moments. I kind of did and I left out a tiny bit of my speech. Our legs were exhausted but a day off from all our subjects was a treat. At the end of the day Mrs McCabe gave us a report and feedback. I learnt that I need to pause in my speech and not face my back to the audience. I absolutely loved this festival and look forward to next year’s Drama festival.
The night before I was so scared and I had such a bad sleep because I was stressing so much. But then I woke up the next day all happy and excited.
We listened to seventeen girls before break, but at about the 9th person I started getting scared. At break I said my speech to my friends and they said it was fine, but I didn’t think so. My parents arrived and I got super scared. I sat there waiting for my turn, I heard my name being called and I started shaking like mad. I went up and I felt really confident and I loved saying my speech on Paris. I even got an A+.
Thank you to my mum and dad for coming to watch me and Mrs Levin for preparing me and Mrs McCabe for adjudicating me. I loved saying my speech.
I really enjoyed this experience. I think it is very important to have the skill of public speaking in front of a crowd of people and by this stage I think everyone in our grade has that skill. It was a lot of fun, we spent 90% of the day watching speeches. I was very nervous before I did my speech, but when I had said a few sentences, I felt much better. The adjudicator was very kind and so was everyone else. Our class teachers and Headmistress came to support us. No one in our grade got less than a B which was very impressive. Although I wanted to get an A+, I got an A which I am happy about. People brought amazing things like horses, dogs, machines and more. I definitely loved this experience.
Sitting on a chair biting your nails waiting for them to call out your name, that’s how I felt at the Mini Public Speaking Festival. We waited for our turns, some brought dogs or snakes or horses, but I did my speech on horror movies. Don’t be scared I won’t tell you about them, but I will tell you about people’s reaction. Some people said they couldn’t even look at my poster and some were horrified that I had even chosen that topic, but I absolutely positively love horror movies. When they called out my name I went up and I started to speak. I found out I wasn’t so bad and I spoke and spoke until it was over. The adjudicator asked me some questions. I enjoyed the Mini Public Speaking Festival and I think you must always be confident.
Every Grade 5 girl had to prepare a 3 to 4 minute speech for the Mini Public Speaking Festival. Mrs Levin, our drama teacher, got Mrs McCabe to adjudicate our speeches. Our Festival took place on 3 April. My speech was about my brother’s snake 8ball and I was so happy because I got an A+. My mom and dad were so proud of me! Mrs Levin wrote a list of the order we were to speak in. I was after Kate Leishman at 09:20. I didn’t even use cue cards. Everyone was so good and well-prepared. The lowest mark given was a B+ so everyone should be very proud. My favourite part was that we didn’t have normal lessons.
Wow, what a performance the Grandparents had! We had many special visitors, some from far and wide. We also had a Great Granny, aged 92, among the guests!
The Grandparents and girls shared a wonderful morning together. The Grandparents could not stop bragging about our girls. The Grade 0’s performed a few songs and poems and did a gym display with Mrs Howden.
Well done, Grade 0’s! You are truly proud APPS girls.
Miss Carrie Strauss
The Chess Club welcomed ten new members this year. Saskia Oosterlee and Thaluki Moloto were voted as Chess Captain and Vice Captain respectively. Both girls have been outstanding in their roles. All the girls have had an opportunity to play in a match this season, ensuring growth and individual development. The girls have all been true ambassadors for APPS with their sportsmanship and good manners.
The ‘Queens of the Match’ were hard earned and well deserved; congratulations to Amber Aspoas, Tessa Brugman, Emma Louw and Emma Neilson.
The ‘Girls and Guests’ match was well attended with 25 guests. It was a successful evening ending in a draw with 46 points each.
Without the support of the Service Staff and parents who regularly offer to lift and help with catering, none of the activities would be possible.
Thank you to all who have helped to make this term a happy and enjoyable one for the Chess Club.
Miss Gill Seebregts
“The wheels on the bus go round and round!”
On 18 March, the Grade 7’s went to Durban on tour. It was an incredible experience for all of us. Between drawing at the botanical gardens and surfing in the warm Mozambique current, we definitely had our fair share of activities. We learnt the complex and interesting history of Rorke’s Drift and what steps we should follow when drowning in the sea. Our Grade 7 tour was an educational and fun filled adventure for all of us. We stayed at a guest house called On The Beach which was less than 500m from the beach, with amazing bedrooms that looked out onto the beach. We had a luxury stay and definitely one to remember.
Christina Vaudran – Grade 7
On Saturday 3 February the APPS swimming team joined with Parktown Girls High and swam at the annual St Mary’s Summer Splash.
The APPS girls swam exceptionally well. The last three races were ladders so we swam with Parktown. Our BIG team did very well! The Parktown Girls High swimmers were great and encouraged us the whole way.
Everyone swam very well and deserve to be congratulated. Well done!
The team swimmers were unfit at the start of term, but this is to be expected after the Christmas holidays. Early morning training is in full swing and all swimmers have improved greatly. The three teams have competed in galas and have had mixed results. The swimmers are training hard for the rest of the galas this term and very the important Inter House Gala events.
All swimmers must be commended for their continuous efforts.
Congratulations to all the swimmers who completed Midmar.
The St Stithians night Gala took place on 21 February and our swimmers swam incredibly well. Their times are improving and they always put everything into their swim. Well done, girls.
Our girls have been complimented greatly on their good behaviour and sportsmanship. Congratulations, APPS!
Miss Mo Pearson
So far, we have played two fixture matches this term and had two fixtures cancelled due to rain. We are playing a new format this year: every player gets to play one singles and one doubles match. These are run on a time basis. Most girls still prefer playing doubles and we have had various successes. We are happy to report that the girls are enjoying their tennis and have shown huge improvement in their overall game. We have entered a C team into the league and are working on extending this to be able to field a full C and D team in the future.
Unfortunately our Grade 5, 6 and 7 tennis festivals on the weekend of 27 January were rained out, but the Grade 4 girls played in their tennis festival St Teresa’s as planned.
There are still a couple of matches to be played.
Yours in Tennis
APPS Sports Department
The Grade 5 play was on growth mind sets. The play was amazing and I loved every second of it. I love performing and I am sure the other girls love performing too. Practicing we had lots of laughs and giggles and fun. We had a tiny bit of trouble getting our skit right but in the end it was AMAZING! We all learned a lot about having a growth mind set and to try to never give up. At the end we sang ‘Try Everything’ by Shakira. I had lots of fun on stage with my friends.
My hands were shaking, I had butterflies in my tummy, this was going to be fun. The Grade 5 girls were doing a play on having a growth mind set. If you don’t know what growth mind sets are, they are people who can encourage themselves to do something that they think they can’t do. Something that I’ve recently learned is that CAN’T has the word CAN and if you can’t do something try and encourage yourself so that you CAN! I absolutely loved our skits. They were so funny and they were so much fun to put together. I had to sing REALLY badly in my skit which was quite embarrassing! We had to sing ‘Doe-a-Deer’ and Imogen was the teacher. Amber and I were bad singers and Olivia, Tessa and Ruby were good singers. We made everyone laugh and I nearly burst out laughing too but I was brave and kept the laughter in. We had a song in the play, called ‘Try Everything’ by Shakira. It was a really funky song and got the audience moving. They were clapping with us, doing all the actions and laughing with us. It was really cool. I loved how they made us feel happy while they were happy too. I hope we sent out a message about having a growth mind set and I think the we learned a few things too. Remember can’t is can and always trust that you can.
‘Be the light, be the change’ is the Grade 7 motto for 2018. To explain our motto we made and preformed a play. In this play we created a character called Amelia. Amelia goes through eight school years at APPS. During those eight years she goes through many challenges. She learned from each challenge and grew from them. We as a grade tried to show that we have learned from our mistakes and challenges. At the end of our play we sang our own version of ‘How Far I’ll Go’ by Auli’i Cravalho. I believe that during the process of this play our grade learned that we are capable of anything
Grade 7 Leadership – Term 1, 2018:
Congratulations to the Grade 7 leaders for Term 1:
Head Girl: Christina Vaudran
Deputy Head Girl: Amber Aspoas
St Andrew: Christina Vaudran
St George: Nuha Nassiep
St Patrick: Kate Ramsbotham
Sports Captain of House:
St Andrew: Mia Babaya
St George: Anna Titterton
St Patrick: Jessie Orphanides
Junior Mini Council Representatives:
Nuha Nassiep and Megan Porter
Grade 6 Leadership – Term 1, 2018:
Congratulations to the Grade 6 leaders for Term 1:
Class Captain: Madhuri Padayatchi
Vice Captain: Maryam Akhalwaya
St Andrew: Ameera Adam
St George: Analia Ntombela
St Patrick: Romy Day